Thursday, October 16 2014
The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves.
Written in vivid detail and expertly researched, Mike Stobbe's chronicle of the office of the Surgeon General parts the curtains on some surprising heroes and brings us to a surprising conclusion.
Phil Elverum brought minimalist arrangements of songs from upcoming Mount Eerie release Sauna to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, along with plenty of mystery and endearing stage banter.
In its third season, Revenge jumps the shark and drowns slowly afterwards.
From the club to the bedroom, the Bloc Party frontman explores the empty sensuality of sleeping with complete strangers.
Johnny Marr's second solo album suggests a consummate musician becoming more comfortable with his solo status.
Lars Iyer's latest novel explores sadness and genius while contemplating the end of philosophy.
Bestial Burden really knows how to work a mood, and beat that sense of claustrophobic misery right into the ground.
These Birmingham lads mine their musical past to create a sound in keeping with their influences without straying too far from established templates, finding comfort in familiarity.
A long-shelved power pop gem gets its chance to shine.
Trigger Hippy's roots run deep and the down-and-dirty, soul-tinged blues they rock is the real deal.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
The revamped Pixies prove there's plenty of fuel left in the tank yet.
Terry Gilliam's quest for life's biggest answers finds a new formulation in The Zero Theorem: perhaps, the film suggests, there is no meaning to it all.
A high concept that's high on potential and low on refinement.
Tim & Eric, with Dr. Steve Brule in tow, shared their brand of entrancingly preposterous, thoroughly sweet comedy during an extended set in Boston's Back Bay.
These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.
Nation isn't an opus. It's a warning.
Sarah Silverman's second HBO special/comedy album gives us another healthy helping of rape, incest, oral sex, profanity and jokes about Jews. In other words, Sarah Silverman being herself.
Vashti Bunyan is given the final word on a sporadic yet influential career with the organic swan song Heartleap.
I’ll Be the Tornado is an enrapturing album, and one that you simply must hear with your mind and your heart.